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Guest Columns

  • Grace defined, tattoo designed

    If I had to choose just one favorite book of the Bible, I would choose Romans, chock full of theology, which I love.

    And if I had to choose just one favorite chapter in all of Romans, hands down it would be chapter 8.

    And if I could choose only one verse in chapter 8 to tattoo across my shoulder, it has to be verse 1: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

  • Till death and beyond

    Many couples are creating their own version of wedding vows. My husband and I just got back from a trip to Chicago to my youngest son’s wedding. Kevin and his new bride are a part of this intentional movement to give conscientious thought to the commitments they are making to one another. I want to share with you the promises they expressed as reasons to choose to spend the rest of their lives together. Here is part of their wedding ceremony:

  • Family relationships explored in film ‘Sins of the Mother’

    One of the truly great inventions of the modern era is the DVR.

    I love mine with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.

    Last week I watched a movie I had recorded called “Sins of the Mother,” about the relationship between a young woman and her formerly abusive, alcoholic mother.

  • Improving your sleep patterns

    What you eat affects your ability to sleep. Avoid eating pasta and meat casserole late in the evening. Carbohydrates and protein, as well as sugary desserts can disturb restful sleep and may even keep a person awake. Sugar products can be related to moodiness and a racing mind. Poor digestion can be related to getting less sleep. Catnip/lemon balm tea and taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with honey or Alovera Juice for indigestion.   

  • Why church?

    Scattered throughout any community are tiny, struggling churches.

    Sometimes they’re invisible. If you blink while driving past them you’ll miss them. Or they’re eyesores - run down, weather worn.

    In my 20 years covering local religion for the newspaper, I’ve gotten to know the people at some of these little churches.

    I’ve attended their services and could count the people in the pews with two hands and not need a third.

  • Shall we brag?

    One of my favorite stories is the one where my friend Mike announced that he had given up pride for Lent.

    He was so proud of his decision, couldn’t wait to start. Just knew he’d nail it.

    That was about seven or so years ago and we still laugh about it.

  • Is God invited to the party? Controversy raises questions

    Does God have a place in the platform of a political party? It depends upon whom you ask.

    On day two of the Democratic National Convention, three attempts were made to include God in the Democratic Party Platform. San Antonio Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked for delegates to ratify the proposal by voice vote and an awkward moment ensued when the first two votes deadlocked.  The third vote drew even louder opposition, yet the chair gaveled the proposed change into place, which drew loud boos. Who knew God would be so controversial at the convention?

  • Election campaigns in full swing, time to register to vote

    In most years, September is the month when the election season starts to warm up as the weather begins to cool. That makes it a good time to reflect on our civic duties as citizens.

    In many ways, Kentucky does quite well in this regard. We exceeded the national average in voting registration and voter turnout in 2010, for example, continuing a trend that dates back to the late 1990s. Before then, we traditionally trailed the country when voting in mid-term elections.

  • Men, tongues, words, and wounds

    In my (albeit feeble) defense, I had just come from undergoing a medical test done under sedation, which may or may not have loosened my tongue. Or maybe it was because I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours and hunger affected my brain.

    Whatever the reason, I said something that embarrassed my husband.

    We had stopped at a local restaurant for a burger. I ordered the thickest, beefiest, cheesiest burger on the menu, plus fries, and my husband ordered a veggie burger and a salad.

  • September designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky

    In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. If the lights go out, are you prepared? Local and state officials encourage everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency.

    “Kentuckians face many challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” said Ronnie McCane, Trimble County Emergency Management Director. “Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.”